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    RUSSIA: SMUGGLED NAZI ARCHIVE SEIZED

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    MOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russian customs and secret service officers caught a large smuggled batch of Wehrmacht papers and insignia from World War II years, Federal Customs Service PR say in a statement.

    The service was warned about a suspicious parcel mailed to a Russian from the Netherlands. Customs officers opened the parcel to see routine Wehrmacht papers, a Lemamania chronometer, which once belonged to a Luftwaffe officer, many Wehrmacht honor badges, medals and orders, complete with certificates, and other documents bearing nazi symbols.

    State History Museum expertise qualified the batch as of major historical value for museums and archives.

    All papers are genuine. Some bear Hitler's, Goering's and Kaltenbrunner's original signatures. Snapshots made in the USSR, Yugoslavia and Albania portray Soviet POWs, General Vlasov's Russian Liberation Army soldiers, and numerous WWII episodes.

    The Russian and German law, unlike the Dutch, bans circulation of articles bearing nazi symbols in the respective countries.

    The archive was tracked down to an officer of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). His offspring determined to sell it for a round sum, and eventually found a customer in Russia.

    Criminal proceedings may be launched against the addressee on a smuggling attempt, Criminal Code Clause 188, Part 2. An investigation is on.

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